In my study break since the end of September I've been in a sewing spree. Once the Advent Calendar and all its contents were complete, I made a couple of sewing accessory storage bags for my elder daughter as a Christmas gift.
I had bought a fat quarter of Lewis & Irene fabric with dogs on it (she loves dogs) and decided that a useful gift would be a bag which she could use for storing and carrying her sewing/embroidery projects (she had started making some badges with embroidery thread on canvas). I bought a small plastic storage box for embroidery threads, an embroidery thread winder, some embroidery hoops, needles and small scissors. I designed the bag to be able to hold projects in progress on the one side (where I placed the embroidery hoops in two large pockets), then on the other side I made a deep pocket for the thread box which had shallow pockets in the dog fabric for storing things like packets of needles, a pocket for holding the thread winder, a needle case with felt flaps for the needles and a detachable case for holding the embroidery scissors. This little scissors case has felt stitched into the inside of the tip for protecting the scissor points and can clip onto a strap in the bag.
|The embroidery project storage bag opened out|
|The embroidery project storage bag opened out, with the thread winder in its pocket|
|The embroidery project storage bag with the needle case flapped open|
|The embroidery thread storage box emerging from its pocket|
|The embroidery hoops emerging from the project storage pockets|
|The embroidery storage bag closed before the button flaps were fastened|
|The embroidery storage bag closed with the button flaps and snap fastenings closed|
I subsequently decided that a sewing roll for holding all her accessories would be a useful gift so I found a fat quarter of sewing inspired fabric (another Lewis & Irene design), searched for as many different examples of portable fabric sewing kits as possible for design and layout inspiration then started sketching out layouts and made a list of accessories she was likely to want to store in the kit. I bought some accessories I knew she didn't already have (the steel rule, rotary cutter, scissors sharpener, tweezers, snap fasteners and also bought a packet of sewing needles though I knew she had some already.
|The sewing roll opened out|
|The sewing roll opened out with the needle case open |
and the pocket for pins or a small pin cushion
|Storage pockets for a rotary cutter, 6 inch steel rule, measuring tape and tweezers|
|The scissors storage pocket in between thread reel storage |
(my sewing scissors were inserted for the photo)
|storage pockets for scissors sharpener, snap fasteners and spare needles with thread reel storage|
|The outer flaps folded in|
|The roll closed but not tied with the ribbons|
|The closed up sewing roll tied up|